This is a genuine question, that a lot of people asked me through the years. The answer is not always straight forward. Sometimes, it is easy to be consistent (on a good day), sometimes it is very challenging (bad days, lazy days) to get up and put your workout clothes on.
There are times when you need to push yourself to workout or to be consistent with your diet. Sometimes you need to be kind to your body, listen to it and have a rest day or an easy stretching. Your body is your best critique, your best friend and your worst enemy.
Some of my clients have told me that it is very hard for them to find motivation. They come to the sessions just because they have booked them.
Motivation is an internal process that makes a person move towards a goal. When you don’t have a goal, it is hard to find motivation.
Allow me give you a few self -motivating techniques.
Find a goal – whether is losing weight, getting stronger, leaner, healthier, that should be your endpoint, your target. When you set your goal you have to make sure that is specific, measurable, relevant and timely.
Schedule your workouts – Put a reminder on your phone and never skip a workout that you have planned. You need your rest days, so don’t overdo it (especially in the beginning – when you are very enthusiastic).
“Why” – remember why you are doing this, your end goal, the light at the end of the tunnel and don’t let one bad day ruin your plans.
Focus – Eliminate any distractions that will throw you out of your way. When you plan your workouts, make sure you rest enough, you go to bed early, you eat right.
Be enthusiastic – Make sure you are excited about your workouts. If you feel that it has become a chore, you are not on the right path and that can be the moment you seek advice from professionals i.e. personal trainers, nutritionists.
Ask for feedback – whether is from your loved ones, friends or specialists, ask for advice, for a second opinion.
Be positive – It is not going to be easy, but you have to have a positive attitude towards your workouts even on the days you feel that everything you have achieved so far is pointless.
Reward yourself – When you achieve your goal, give yourself a reward, spoil yourself with something you wanted for a long time.
You have all the tools for success, you might need some guidance and support. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, for an opinion, for feedback. I am always here if you need me. Feel free to drop me a DM, an email or a comment.